How to create a seasonal collage

With our Christmas tree not yet bought, I was thinking about what kind of tree we should get . . . and when . . . as I cleaned up some papers from a recent play time. 

With lots of small pieces of colorful papers, maps, and book pages strewn about, one thing led to another and soon I was fashioning a tree from the scraps.

I started using a variety of scraps, but then settled on using only bits of the maps, concentrating on finding various shades of green.

I tore the maps in rounded shapes, varying in size, and glued them in place, starting at the washi tape trunk. 

I didn't glue the pieces flat, but rather glued just the top of each piece and pushed the bottom portion up a bit to create depth. 

I added some color to the background using sequin waste and a stamp pad, and added a couple of gifts. I also gently rubbed the green ink pad against the tips of the papers for added color.

I may slide it into an envelope . . . or maybe I'll punch a hole at the top and thread a ribbon for hanging . . . still thinking . . . 

It's fun and easy to create an image with scraps of paper. See how to create some really cool collage paintings in the January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.



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